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August 4, 2016                                                                 




Military Veterans to Attend Academic Boot Camp at the University of Arizona

Intensive program helps prepare enlisted veterans for transition from military to four-year college


Tucson, AZ – For some military veterans, the first day of school at a new college or university is as challenging as a deployment to a foreign country. Immersion in a new culture and reintroduction to a demanding academic environment can make the transition from military to higher education difficult. To ease the transition, the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is hosting an intensive weeklong academic boot camp at the University of Arizona beginning August 6.  


The Warrior-Scholar Project coordinates immersive academic preparation courses for enlisted military veterans of any skill level at America’s top universities. The program is designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees. Because veterans are non-traditional students with unique experiences distinguishing them from their college peers, WSP also uses the boot camps to help prepare participants for the emotional and cultural adaptations required to succeed in a higher education setting.


“We are proud to host a Warrior-Scholar Project Academic boot camp at the University of Arizona for the 2016 year,” said Dr. Sidney Ellington, Executive Director of WSP. “The program at the University of Arizona will tap into the immense potential of Post-9/11 veterans and reduce obstacles to success, addressing veterans’ misperceptions about college and building their confidence through an intense academic reorientation.”


WSP launched its first program at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, WSP has expanded to encompass 12 top schools, including the University of Arizona and is on track to host more than 230 veterans at boot camps across the country in 2016. WSP graduates have gone on to enroll at top schools including Yale University, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California and Columbia University.


Each WSP boot camp is run by a team of student veterans, and taught by university professors and graduate students. An intensive syllabus composed of both classic and modern scholarly works guides participants as they learn how to frame their ideas in an academic context, think critically, and formulate scholarly arguments. Participants not only learn the subject-matter material; they learn how to learn.


The University of Arizona has a large demographic of veteran and military affiliated students. Its Veterans Education and Transition Services is a nationally recognized model of how to support military veterans as they transition back to civilian life in college.


“That transition for our veterans out of the military and into higher education is critical and that is frequently the point where we lose our student veterans is in that first year,” says Cody Nicholls, Assistant Dean of Students, Military & Veteran Engagement. “So we want to be able to do what we can to make that transition as seamless as possible through the Warrior-Scholar Project.”


WSP funders and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants, excluding travel. Student veterans attending the University of Arizona boot camp will reside in campus housing and attend lectures in various classrooms.


To learn more about the program, visit http://www.warrior-scholar.org.


About the Warrior-Scholar Project

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) runs immersive academic boot camps hosted at America’s top universities for enlisted military veterans. The majority of enlisted personnel exiting the military have not been in a classroom setting for several years, and find it hard to transition, being unprepared for the fundamentally different social and cultural environment. WSP helps veterans rediscover and develop the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete 4-year undergraduate programs in higher education. WSP unlocks their educational potential and transforms the way veterans view themselves as students. For more information, visit http://www.warrior-scholar.org, email info@warrior-scholar.org or call 202-625-4313.


About the University of Arizona
Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Brian Wagner

202-596-6102

bwagner@scoutcommsusa.com

                                                                                                                                        Brian Wagner

         (202) 596 - 6102

                 bwagner@scoutcommsusa.com